In this tutorial we will be doing a cool comic book effect that will give an interesting and dramatic effect to our ordinary photo.

So we now open now our image in photo shop, I choose this image.

Step 1: Convert the image to Black and White

We’ll start off by saturating our image if its colored. We go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate (Ctrl+Shift+U).

Then to achieve our target effect we will add levels effect to our image to make it look
like it is inked.. to do that.. go to Image>Adjustments>Levels

For my image I used these values to achieve the desired effect
level settings

Step 2: Create the comic effect

Now we have our inked effect image, we will now add the comic effect on the image. First we will create a new layer go to Layer>New>Layer or (Ctrl+Shift+N). Then well going to fill it with a color 50% gray go to Image>Fill>Use 50% Gray
At the moment our layers would look like this..
Now we select our gray layer and then add a noise go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise Amount 400%, Distribution: Gaussian, and check the Monochromatic. then click OK..
add noise
Next on the same layer, go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur use the setting Angle:90 Distance:999 then click OK.. Your canvass should look like this..
motion settings
Note: for large canvass, you will find it different, so you will have to repeat the motion blur filter repeatedly until you get the straight lines. Or simply by pressing the shortcut key ctrl+F5.

Now before we go any further, we will duplicate first our stripe Layer, select the layer right click and select duplicate layer or go to Layer>Duplicate Layer

After that we will now skew a litlle bit the stipes layer go to Edit>Transform>Skew

I made mine like this.

Then we change the blending option of the skewed image to Vivid Light and then add Levels to the layer to achieve our desired effect, I used this level values (Show Level images)
vivid light

And then on the duplicated stripe layer, repeat the instruction on the original stripe layer
but on this time skew the stripe layer just a little less than before.

Here’s the result of the settings… Cool huh?

Now to make things interesting.. we will add a dialogue balloon, just like the ones we usually see on the comics.. Just use the ellipse shape tool to create a big circle on the shape layer, add a triangle shape to the balloons… using the pen tool..

shape tool

And then we add effect to the balloon by adding a layer a black stroke, select the shape layer and then right click select blending options select the stroke option. I used these values for my image.

(see layer settings below)

And to add some text, we use the text tool

Here’s the result of our tutorial..


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3 Responses to “Photo shop Tutorial: Comic Book Effect”

  • Glenn Diaz:

    cool effect man! very easy to follow.. keep it up!

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